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NEWS: Bend It Like Beckham closes at West End’s Phoenix, 5 Mar

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Bend It Like Beckham The Musical recently extended booking at the Phoenix Theatre to 5 March 2016 when the show will then play its final performance at the end of the cast’s year-long contract. Rehearsals began for the critically acclaimed production in March 2015 with a company led by Natalie Dew as Jess and Lauren Samuels as Jules. The Producers are currently finalising both national and international touring offers including a tour of India visiting multiple stadia.

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TICKETS: Today’s #MatesChoice recommendation is… Bend It Like Beckham

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A surprise hit of 2015 and also included on a number of #Theatre2015 top picks, our top recommendation in the #MatesChoice ticket series is Bend It Like Beckham. Playing to audiences at the Phoenix Theatre on Charing Cross Road in the heart of the West End and with music by Howard Goodall and lyrics by Charles Hart, this show has become a fond favourite of Mates co-founder Mark Shenton.






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Press pass: Everything you need to know about Guys & Dolls

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The 2016 West End season got off to a rollicking start this week with Wednesday’s opening of Guys and Dolls, the latest Chichester Festival transfer to the Savoy Theatre, which follows fast on the heels of the last CFT transfer of another Broadway musical revival, Gypsy. It was a surprisingly star-studded, red carpet affair for the first week in January.






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TICKETS: Today’s #MatesChoice recommendation is… Mr Foote’s Other Leg

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Featured on a number of #Theatre2015 top picks, our top recommendation in the #MatesChoice ticket series is Mr Foote’s Other Leg. Now in its final weeks at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, this is your chance to see Richard Eyre’s production which sold out at the Hampstead Theatre. Mates co-founder Mark Shenton in the latest #TheatreAddict diary said: It was also great seeing Mr Foote’s Other …

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Weekly Theatre Podcast: No Villain, Peter Pan Goes Wrong & London pantos

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In this second holiday podcast, the London theatre bloggers discuss pantomimes at Hackney Empire, Theatre Royal Stratford East and New Wimbledon Theatre, as well as West End comedy Peter Pan Goes Wrong and No Villain at the Old Red Lion.






TICKETS: Today’s #MatesChoice deal is… The Woman In Black

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Since 1989, over 7 million people have lived to tell the tale of one of the most exciting, spooky, gripping and successful theatre events ever staged. The #MatesChoice ticket deal is for The Woman In Black. Unanimously acclaimed by the critics, Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation of Susan Hill’s best selling novel combines the power and intensity of live theatre with a cinematic quality inspired by the world of film noir. It is a formula that provides audiences with an evening of unremitting drama as they are transported into a terrifying and ghostly world. Book today and receive excellent deals on the fantastic show.






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TICKETS: Mark’s Top Ten recommendations + this week’s openings (14 Dec)

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Another week of big openings ahead means I won’t be getting to everything even if I wanted to (and right now I am still trying to take it easier than I used to), let alone playing catch-up on what I missed when I was incapacitated after my recent double rounds of surgery! 

Here are the main openings of the week to look out for, followed by my current Top 10.






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FEATURED SHOW: The Blues Brothers: Xmas Special, reviews are in!

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Have you seen the rave reviews for our Featured Show? After five years away, The Blues Brothers have returned to the West End for a limited season at the Arts Theatre with a festive special billed as “the most electric rock ‘n’ roll party of the year” (See also News). In The Blues Brothers: Xmas Special, David Kristopher-Brown and Joshua …

TICKETS: Today’s #MatesChoice deal is… In the Heights

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Causing a sensation at King’s Cross, our top ticket deal in our new #MatesChoice ticket series is In The Heights. This is your chance to snap up a great deal and visit Washington Heights: life may be a struggle but the streets are jumping to irresistible rhythms of love, passion, hopes and dreams. Tickets for this show are on sale at a sizzling #MatesRates discount of up to 62%.